The CEC noted the increasing number of complaints from people with a criminal record to participate in the election

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi in fotobank information center of Central election Commission of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Archival photoThe CEC noted the increasing number of complaints from people with a criminal record to participate in the election© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi the image Bank

With the approaching start of the presidential campaign to the CEC of Russia began to apply a previously convicted citizens who would be nominated by presidential candidates, said the Minister, Ella Pamfilova.

Presidential elections will be held in March 2018, the campaign is supposed to start in December 2017. Pamfilova noted that before the official election campaign for President is still about a month, but, despite this, «some election fever is already gaining momentum.»

«And, as one of the consequences, to us, the Central election Commission has increased the number of appeals from the category of people that for whatever reason were convicted, including grave and especially grave crimes, with different limitation periods, but they, despite this, want to run for President,» Pamfilova said at the CEC session on Wednesday.

Some citizens, according to her, make loud statements, the other «quiet write» in CEC — please clarify the question about the possibility of participation in elections. «Of course, in each case, we are officially, based on the individual situation, all these applicants answered», — said the head of Department.

However, she said, in a public space this situation is often interpretiruya differently; the Chairman of the CEC in this regard, explained the legislation and cited specific examples of their actions. She recalled that in 2014 was legally established terms, after which the previously convicted citizen may nominate a candidate for election.

Pamfilova noted that the commissions are guided by the legislative norms, and are unable to take into account the interpretations themselves wish to become candidates or citizens, for example, their assertion that «the verdict was unfair.»

«Our system of election commissions shall not be entitled to discuss, what was the reason for the sentence, whether it is valid or unjust, what is the rationale behind it. If the convicted person does not agree, he has the right to appeal to all higher authorities. This is not our competence to install, a good sentence or a bad sentence, does the applicant or do not deserve,» — said the CEC head.

Earlier, the Deputy head of the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation Nikolay Bulaev has told RIA Novosti that the Commission will decide whether to register Polonsky candidate for the post of President of Russia, after obtaining all the documents and the official announcement of the start of the campaign. Lawyer Polonsky Kotelnikov told RIA Novosti that the businessman has the right to participate in the election of the President, as he was charged with criminal article of average weight, while it was exempted from criminal punishment. The lawyer of the businessman Roman Kotelnikov sent to the Chairman of the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation with the request to announce an official position regarding the participation of the businessman in the presidential elections.

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